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Give Peace A Dance – ATX Style

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Taken from “EarthDance, the Global Dance & Cultural Festival for Peace has grown to become the world’s largest simultaneous music and dance event. Founded in 1997, with 22 cities and 18 countries participating, EarthDance events have occurred in over 400 cities in 75 countries, with locations ranging from the club-lands of New York to the rainforests of Brazil . Every year, in alignment with the International Day of Peace, over 250,000 people unite in dance with hundreds of thousands more joining online in support of global peace and humanitarian aims.


EarthDance has been described by the music industry as the “Dance Aid” for the new millennium. “Think Global Act Local” is the aim of the event bringing together global communities to create a synchronized global festival and dance event to help fund humanitarian causes and develop an environment of peace throughout the World.

The highlight of the EarthDance Global event is a synchronized dance floor link-up, when the specially created song, “The Prayer for Peace” is played at every event across the world at exactly the same time. 6pm Central Time Houston TX, morning in Australia, sunrise over the Himalayas, midnight in London, afternoon in California – the universal prayer is a powerful moment that unifies our intention for a peaceful world.”

The first annual EarthDance Austin is happening in September! The 3-day camping festival will run September 25th-27th, and EarthDance Austin 2009 will support the non-profit charitable organization, Lance Armstrong Foundation. Among many artists from around the world, Chillville friends and Austin locals Govinda are on the bill, along with an impressive lineup of acts that are sure to serve up lots of dance energy and a great festival experience. Guests can also enjoy the psychedelic sights and sounds of Austin’s Canartic which has joined the festival lineup, and new acts continue to be added. The fun will go down at Apache Pass in “Downtown Texas” where there are several acres of open areas and some forested spots in which to camp, play, dance, and sing. You’ll find artisans, workshops, concerts and events all weekend long on five stages and plenty of room to frolic or simply – chill. A limited number of pre-sale tickets are now available. More information at, or you can check it out on MySpace.

St. Vincent, Pixies, Lolla

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

NPR is streaming the entirety of St. Vincent’s new album Actor a full two weeks before it drops. We haven’t had much chance to listen, but what we’ve heard is stellar. Annie’s voice is at its charming best, and the lyrics contain her usual unexpected bite to balance out the instrumental delicacy. But her sweetness, always forefront, is broken also with an unexpected but welcome palate-cleansing punch of distorted guitar. Other than the two singles already out, the songs that immediately resonated were Neighbors, Marrow, and Just the Same But Brand New.

In other album news, the Pixies have a new album, apparently titled Minotaur, coming out June 15th, which excites us beyond measure…
ETA The Pixies’ Minotaur is actually a box set of all their studio albums, along with some other extra goodies. Not quite as awesome as new material, but very cool nevertheless.

The Lollapalooza lineup is out, and is – of course – a doozy. Just a few of the Chillville artist making an appearance include Depeche Mode, Thievery Corporation, Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Santigold, Lykke Li, and so many more it’s kinda ridiculous.

News Bits

Friday, March 27th, 2009

We’ve been really diggin’ the video (below) for Handsome Furs’ I’m Confused, which – as you’d expect from any video that includes zombie hipsters – basically rocks. It’s creepy, with a second or two of NSFW.

Speaking of zombies, Metric released Help, I’m Alive to lather fans into a drooling frenzy anticipating the release of Fantasies, which drops in less than two weeks. We’re particularly fond of the 1% Free remix, which you can stream via Hype Machine.

You may have heard that Spike Jonze has been working on a movie adaptation of beloved childhood classic book Where the Wild Things Are… did you know that Arcade Fire was tapped to do the soundtrack? The trailer came out a few days ago, and looks and sounds pretty much awesome.

SX for Less

Friday, March 13th, 2009

You don’t have to to spend a bajillion dollars on a badge to have a crazy good time during SXSW. If you got one, you’re awesome. But if you’re as broke as a lot of folks in these crazy times now (me), you don’t even have to wrangle up a wristband to get in on the fun. And broke or not, who can pass up a sale? Here are a few freebies and cheapies that guarantee good times. Save your money for beer!

Kick it off Friday, March 13th at The Mohawk. Just $9 gets you in without a badge for AMODA’s Digital Showcase featuring live electronic music and digital art. 16 electronic DJs will compete in a a series of elimination rounds, battling it out on their laptops. Austin’s Phranchyze and Zeale will emmcee at the event, and a panel of judges will decide the winners of each round. Digital artists from across the U.S. and the U.K. will showcase their talents, and this is a great way to support the non-profit AMODA in a SXSW event that showcases digital art at it finest.
Digital Showcase

Thursday, March 19th there’s good news if you like Punk, Pop and Hip Hop – (even on a budget.) Daddy Fat Sacks, A.K.A. Big Boi of Outkast, is headlining a show at Austin Music Hall featuring K’Naan in this Afropunk showcase. Anyone can attend for $15, with or without a badge (or fat sacks). Also, you can follow the link above for a chance to win one of ten free pairs of tickets from Do512. Hey Ya!
Big Boi

Wednesday, March 18th – Saturday, March 21st – Get to the booty bar! Every day and night there’s something going on at the inside stage and in the backyard that’s totally free. Just RSVP. I’m looking forward to catching DJ Craze at 1:00AM, FREE on Friday the 20th – all cash on beer! And if that’s not enough booty for ya, check The Beauty Bar’s MySpace page for even MORE FREE SHOWS, like this one presented by Art Disaster. These free parties are happening day and night during SX.

Thursday, March 19th – Saturday, March 21st – Three nights of awesome FREE concerts at Auditorium Shores. No RSVP required! Gates open at 5:00PM Thursday and Friday, and the fun starts at noon on Saturday. Catch free performances by M. Ward, The Cold War Kids, Erykah Badu and more. Also enjoy festival food, local vendor booths and arts and crafts from some of Austin’s finest artisans. Our own Explosions in the Sky will finish things off with a bang Saturday night at 8:00PM. Though the event is free, no outside food or drinks are allowed. So go sell some plasma, and enjoy these free outdoor shows with some cold beer! (No pets allowed this year.)Explosions

Saturday, March 21st – As if there weren’t enough to do on Saturday, how ’bout The Knuckle Rumbler with Taking place at Peckerhead’s on 6th, this event features early sets by Austin’s Scorpion Child and Zeale. Later, Lady Sovereign and “cyber-girl from outerspace” Janelle Monáe are among other performers to take stage. Big Boi fans will recognize this fellow ATL native whose unique fashion sense and musical stylings are freakishly similar to that of Outkast’s other half, Andre 3000. (Listen to her hit song “Violet Stars Happy Hunting” for a good time.) Did I mention this entire lineup is FREE? Plus there’s lots of free alcohol, drinks, food and goodies being offered at this shindig.
Sometimes life takes badges or wristbands… but for everyone else, there’s free stuff.

Interpol, St Vincent, Pitchfork

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

So, we hear:

-St Vincent has a new tune available for download called “The Strangers”, and first let fans know about it via her Twitter account. She’ll be singing during SXSW at Central Presbyterian Church on Wednesday and Antone’s Friday night.

-At least part of the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival lineup has been announced, and includes Tortoise, Grizzly Bear, Vivian Girls, and the National, among others. Interestingly, for a few artists they plan on letting fans vote on songs for the setlist.

-Indie rock megalith Interpol is working on a new album! After a two-year hiatus, they announced via their website that they are back together and practicing new material (Rolling Stone).


Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

On our last jaunt through local music blog Famousish’s (try and say that three times fast!) electronic-&-dance-heavy site, the above video tied to the name Girl Talk caught our eye. He was writing about a new documentary concerning copywrite infringement, and the fact that really, everything about Girl Talk’s music is really, really illegal. The above vid is essentially a trailer for the documentary, which looks pretty interesting.

In deliciously hilarious musician gossip (that is actually true!), Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne completely trashes the Arcade Fire in a recent Rolling Stone interview. More details via Pitchfork, and to whet your appetite:

They treated everybody in their vicinity like shit. I thought, “Who do they think they are?” I don’t know why people put up with it. I wouldn’t put up with it.



Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

New Beck video

Chillville artist Nellie McKay does Daytrotter.

Free DL – electro remix of Vampire Weekend at Rcrd Lbl

Spin gets a killer lineup for Friday of SXSW: Echo & the Bunnymen, Glasvegas, Passion Pit, Crystal Method DJ set (& we can’t name names, but a gigantically popular classic rock act may just be playing a secret show there later that evening)

Pretty much the entirety of the internets is buzzing about this unconfirmed ‘unreleased take 20′ of Revolution by the Beatles, but from what we heard NME pulled the info together fastest. Very cool if true, and a pretty impressive hoax if not. Either way, worth a listen.